League of Women Voters | Rochester Metropolitan Area, Rochester, NY

LWV/RMA Book Club

The LWV/RMA book club reads on both fiction and non-fiction books relating to Advocacy positions our League has adopted. Anyone who has read the book is welcome to participate in the discussion.

Meetings are the third Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 6 pm. Meetings are held on zoom until further notice.

For more information, call the League at 585.262.3730 or write to info@LWV-RMA.org.

Books for 2021-2022

Sept. 23

Deb Gordon

Caste by Isobel Wilkerson

October 28

Elaine Schmidt

Strike the Hammer by Laura Warren Hill

November 18

Georgia DiGregorio

First Principles by Thomas E. Ricks

December 16

Judy Wadsworth

However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy

January 20

Barbara Grosh

The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee

February 17   

How the South Won the Civil War by Heather Cox

Conversation leader: Mary Hussong-Kallen

March 17

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Conversation leader: Karen Funke

April 21

The 1619 Project by Nicole Hannah Jones (Part 1)

Conversation leader: Deb Gordon

May 19

The 1619 Project by Nicole Hannah Jones (Part 2)

Conversation leader: Chris Pryor

June 16

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

Conversation leader: Diane Stengel


Archive of past years' reads

Books for 2020 - 2021

Sept. 17, 2020


Jane Romal


Stamped: racism, antiracism, and you (2020) by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

Chris Pryor

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

Elaine Schmidt

The Warmth of Other Suns, The Epic story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (640 pages)

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020

Barbara Grosh

The untold story of women of color in the League of Women Voters by Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins

Thursday, Jan. 21,

Georgia DeGregorio

Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom  by Keishan N. Blain

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

Elaine Schmidt

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Georgia DeGregorio

Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

April 15, 2021

Jane Romal

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Judy Wadsworth

Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Judy Weinstein

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Books Read in 2019-2020

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan


Books Read in 2018 - 2019

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools by Diane Ravitch
reign of error

The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York by Jacob Riis
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
peoples history
Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright firebrand

Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York by Marge Piercy


Books Read in 2017 - 2018

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman

The Generals by Thomas Ricks
The Radium Girls:  The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott

Books Read in 2016 - 2017

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
on the road
The Wrong Enemy:America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 by Carlotta Gall wrong enemy
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
just mercy
Arguing About Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress by William Lee Miller
arguing about slavery
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
dark money
The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen

Books read in 2015 - 2016

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
all the light
The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
grass is singing
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
secret history of wonder woman
The Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos
age of ambition
Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
waiting for snow in Havana

Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates

between the world and me


Books read in 2014 - 2015

A Mercy by Toni Morrison
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine   Hong  Kingston
Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail  Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters by Diane Jacobs
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and Cornell West
Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Books read in 2013 - 2014

Girls like us : fighting for a world where girls are not for sale, an activist finds her calling and heals herself by Rachel Lloyd
Miracle at Philadelphia; the story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September, 1787 by Catherine Drinker Bowen
The Righteous Mind:  why good people are divided by politics and religion by Jonathan Haidt

Negro President:  Jefferson and the slave power by Gary Wills

Devil in the Grove:  Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland boys, and the dawn of a new America by Gilbert King

Darwin and the Beagle by Alan Moorehead

The Parties Versus the People:  how to turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans by Mickey Edwards

The Roberts Court by Marcia Coyle

Books Read in Spring 2013

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig Republic Lost cover
On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder Rachel Carson cover
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

P.O. Box 10573 · Rochester, NY · 14610
585.262.3730 · info@LWV-RMA.org